Murray & Peers make the US Open Final
By Glenys Furness
- Jamie Murray & John Peers make 2nd Grand Slam final
- Dom Inglot & Robert Lindstedt go out in Semi Final
New York, USA. Jamie Murray & John Peers battled hard to secure a place in the US Open final. Dom Ingot & Robert Lindstedt lost in the Semi final.
Murray & Peers faced Steve Johnson & Sam Querry in the Semi Final of the doubles at Flushing Meadows. Murray & Peers started well, 81% of first serves landed in, they scored 81% of points on the back of the serve. Johnson & Querry created four break point chances but failed to convert any. The Brit/Aussie pair created five break point chances and converted the one that mattered, they took the set 6-3. The second set saw Murray & Peers first serve percentage drop to 60%, however they still scored 83% of points behind the serve. Neither pair managed to create any break points. The set headed into a tiebreak, which the Americans dominated, taking it 7-2 to level the match at one set all.
The final set saw both pairings holding serve until the Americans created three break point chances, of which one was successful. This came after the Brit/Aussie pairing had created only one break point opportunity, they converted this to lead. With Peers serving for the match the Americans broke back. Just like the second set this headed to a tiebreak. It started like the second set tiebreak, Johnson & Querry took the lead at 5-2. It looked to be all over, but Murray & Peers had not given up and saved two match points on the way to converting their match point to take the tiebreak 9-7. Murray & Peers had made the final, their second consecutive Grand Slam final.
In the other Semi Final Inglot & Lindstedt faced 12th seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert & Nicolas Mahut. The French team started better as 59% of first serves landed in, and scored 90% of points on the serve. Herbert & Mahut created five break points and managed to convert two, whereas Inglot & Lindstedt created two break points and converted only one. This proved to be the difference in the first set as the French sealed it 7-5. In the second set Herbert & Mahut were serving better and created two break point chances and converted both, Inglot & Lindstedt were not able to create any break points. Lindstedt also needed the trainer on court during this set. The Brit/Swedish team were unable to get back into the match as the French seeds took the set 6-2.
In the girls doubles quarter finals Maia Lumsden & Usue Maitane Arconada were the eighth seeds. They faced Kimberly Birrell & Maddison Inglis (AUS). The Brit/American team served well in the first set, with 71% of first serves landing in. Scoring 72% of points behind the serve they also created five break points and converted two. The Australian team created four break points and converted two. This set ended as a tiebreak in which the Australians dominated taking it 7-3. The second set saw break points exchanged again between the pairs, like the first this set went into a tiebreak. This time it was Lumsden & Arconada who dominated the breaker to take it 7-1 and level the match. It would be a match tiebreak to decide the winners. The Australian team won the match tiebreak 10-6 to knock out the seeds.
The other girls doubles quarter final saw Emily Arbuthnott & Emilie Francati took on Anna Kalinskaya & Anastasia Potapova (RUS). The first set did not go well for Arbuthnott & Francati as they were unable to convert any of the three break points created. The Russian team managed to convert three of the four break points created to take the set 6-1. The second set saw the teams go toe to toe with each other, exchanging breaks along the way. In the tiebreak the Brit/Swiss team dominated and levelled the match taking the tiebreak 7-2. The match would be decided with a match tiebreak. The match tiebreak was close however the Russians took the match 10-7.
Play continues at the US Open at 11am (4pm BST).